Farooq, Omar reiterate party’s stand on Article 35-A
Srinagar: The concerned citizen group led by Yashwant Sinha met opposition leader Omar Abdullah and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar on Thursday to seek their support to bring a “semblance of normalcy in Kashmir”.
“In our meeting with Abdullahs, who lead the opposition, we took suggestion as to how to bring normalcy on the ground,” retired Air vice Marshal, Kapil Kak, told Kashmir Reader. “Our talks were fruitful and we remain committed to engagement”.
National Conference said that both the Abdullah’s reiterated the party’s stand that open-ended and comprehensive dialogue was the only way forward to ensure peace and reconciliation in the State. The leaders also reiterated the party’s stand on Article 35-A and the State’s Special Status.
Kak said after meeting Abdullahs, the delegation led by Sinha visited Kupwara where they met students and civil society members seperately.
He said that civil society can work and find ways to solve the political logjam, adding, the government works separately in that regard since they have their own mechanism.
“Our work has limitations. We could shape police and tell government, look, you should do this in Kashmir,” Kak said. “Ultimately, it is the government which has to take a call, they have to decided whether to implement suggestions or not”.
Other members of the Sinha led group include Bharat Bhushan, Editor Catch News, and Sushobha Barve, head of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR). The visit is facilitated by the CDR, a Delhi based group, which has been working in Kashmir for more than a decade
During their earlier visits, which started last October, the Group had met Hurriyat leaders and pro-Indian political parties, and civil society.